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Sharjah Crown Prince: 2016 was a year of high achievements for Sharjah

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Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, has asserted that Sharjah's developmental march continues on all fronts, thanks to the Emirate's practical plans and programmes which have contributed to quality achievements derived from the guidance and vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

In a special report issued by Sharjah Media Centre, the crown prince of Sharjah said, "Work in Sharjah has been aimed at building humans and developing their knowledge, as well as the implementation of distinct developmental policies and stimulation of creativity and leadership, in light of the partnership between the Emirate's public and private sectors and collaboration between its various institutions. This has resulted in important achievements matching those accomplished by the UAE in development and construction."

"In 2016, Sharjah continued to make achievements and launch initiatives in all educational, scientific, cultural, social, health, infrastructure and economic fields, complementing the Emirate's vision and contributing to its overall development objectives,"

he added.

Sharjah has maintained its trajectory of growth throughout 2016, posting landmark achievements in various spheres – economic growth, infrastructure development, initiation of new projects, Emiratisation and generation of jobs etc. The Emirate has been recognised for these efforts and achievements bringing it numerous accolades and awards regionally and internationally.

Industrially, Sharjah Asset Management, the investment arm of the Government of Sharjah, launched of Al Saja'a Industrial Oasis project, one of the largest industrial projects in the region, as part of Sharjah's vision to create a strong and diversified economy, and to further boost the competitiveness and prosperity of the Emirate.

Sharjah also launched ‘Invest in Sharjah', an initiative which aims to unveil the rich array of investment opportunities in the Emirate of Sharjah to businesspersons and investors across all sectors.

In the education sector, the University of Sharjah succeeded in entering the Guinness World Records by forming the world's biggest mosaic of CDs in celebration of the UAE's National Day.

The stunning new Al Jubail Market, one of the biggest in the region and boasting world-class facilities, also entered the global record book with its world's biggest lantern, which stands at the market's entrance at a height of 15.5 metres and a width of 5.6 metres.

Supporting education for people with disabilities, the ruler of Sharjah announced the provision of scholarships for students with special needs who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies in stages of diploma, bachelor's, and then through their post-graduate studies for master's or doctorate at the University of Sharjah. He also pledged to provide jobs for them in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Year of Reading The crown prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah lauded Sharjah's achievements in all areas during the "Year of Reading", which he described as a national strategic treasure that would benefit many generations to come. He also praised the efforts exerted by the people of Sharjah and the keenness of the Emirate's institutions towards excellence and work quality, while making the best use of human resources.

Under the leadership of the ruler of Sharjah, the Emirate has taken bold strides towards empowering its people by encouraging a culture of reading with historic initiatives such as Knowledge Without Borders and gifting them the power of knowledge through education.

Sharjah International Book Fair, organised by Sharjah Book Authority, made landmark achievements during the "Year of Reading". The 35th edition of SIBF attracted 2.31 million visitors, a first in the history of book fairs in the UAE and wider region, while sales exceeded AED176 million. The official hashtag for the edition, #SIBF16, received more than one billion impressions from all over the world.

The crown prince lauded the recent historic initiative by the ruler of Sharjah announcing the establishment of Arabic Language Academy in the Emirate, a first of its kind institution in the UAE dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Arabic language, which faces unprecedented challenges today in the land of its birth.

Lughati, the Sharjah-based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way, unveiled ‘Lughati Cup 2016,' a competition aimed at improving the Arabic language skills of primary school students in Sharjah.

The initiative is in alignment with Lughati's objectives to empower students through learning Arabic language skills and promoting Arabic as a culture and behaviour in all walks of their lives. The initiative to support Arabic language learning in Sharjah's schools using new technology was launched by His Highness Ruler of Sharjah, in 2013.

Sharjah Public Library won the "Best Symphony Library in the Middle East 2016," an award presented by the Arabian Advanced Systems "Naseej". The awarding of the library operating under the umbrella of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), marks another important achievement for Sharjah's literary and library sphere.

Commenting on the UAE leadership's declaration to celebrate 2017 as the 'Year of Giving', Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi pointed out that Sharjah has always been actively involved in charity and humanitarian activities in the region and around the world.

These activities will be carried forward in a significant way next year as part of the nation's collective efforts for the Year of Giving. He pointed to the numerous charitable initiatives adopted by Sharjah under its visionary leadership, which is known for its keenness and involvement in humanitarian work at home and abroad.

Sharjah's media sector witnessed numerous achievements and awards at the local and international levels in 2016. It also witnessed the launch of a wide array of major initiatives and projects aimed at its development both domestically and internationally.

The ruler of Sharjah issued a decree announcing the establishment of Sharjah Media City Free Zone for developing talents and manpower working in the media and creativity fields. Allowing freehold access and ideal environment and facilities to international media and infotainment players and companies all under one roof, it is aimed at supporting and developing world-class media and high-quality creative content.

As the Emirate that boasts some of the first and original media initiatives in the region and home to the Arab cultural renaissance, Sharjah has a key role to play as an emerging regional and global media hub.

With regards to women's empowerment, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, launched the ‘NAMA International Women Fund' (NAMA Fund) and seed-funded it with AED10 million. The NAMA Fund seeks to mobilise financial and human resources in order to elevate the status of women, and to support programmes for women's economic and professional empowerment, investing in initiatives, which hone their skills in community development.

As part of her efforts for women empowerment, the wife of the Ruler of Sharjah issued an administrative decree, establishing Quarter of a Century – Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators. Aiming to create a strategic umbrella for human capital, the decree will result in the integration and partnership of four Sharjah-based government entities -- the Sharjah Children Centres, Youth Centres, Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah, and Sharjah Tatweer Forum.

The initiative has been designed to start a journey of innovation and leadership for young Emirati generations whose growth and intellectual development stems from the values and norms derived from their national identity – a culture rich in Arabic and Islamic values and global humanitarian kinship.

On the media landscape, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation and Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre, received "Media Personality of the Year 2016" award. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League (AL), presented Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi with the award at a gala ceremony held at the opening of the fifth session of the Cairo Mondial for Media and Artistic Works, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi was selected for the award in recognition and appreciation of his constant support for the joint media work and in affirmation of the due media leadership of Sharjah and its institutions, as envisaged by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured Sharjah TV as one of 45 Emirati individuals and entities that made significant contributions to the Year of Reading at the ‘UAE Pioneers Award 2016' ceremony.

Following the massive success of its world-class dedicated news portal, Sharjah 24 in Arabic, Sharjah Media Centre launched the English version of its popular news portal, which is widely followed by the government departments, decision- makers and people of the UAE and across the region.

In 2017, Sharjah will be hosting first edition of Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit in Fall 2017 by NAMA during a NAMA–UN Women roundtable.

It will be held on the sidelines of the second day of ‘Investing in Future' (IIFMENA) conference in Sharjah. The main objective of launching "NAMA Fund" is to support local, regional and international efforts that help women to realise their chosen roles, and pave their way to develop as economic, social and professional decision makers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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